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Meet Genny Monchamp!
Meet Genny Monchamp!
Posted by Brittany on February 28, 2012 08:22 Article Rating

We’ve come so long through winter, but for many of us, winter still has a ways to go. Even if the sun isn’t shining, there’s still bright ways we can show God’s light through everything we do, the theme of the book Shine: Choices to Make God Smile by Genny Monchamp. Pauline Kids had the pleasure of discussing with the author this book and God Made Wonderful Me!

Where did you get the inspiration to write Shine: Choices to Make God Smile and God Made Wonderful Me?

Both God Made Wonderful Me and Shine were inspired by Scripture.  God Made Wonderful Me is based on Psalm 139:14 and Shine is rooted in Galatians 5:22-23.

How does spirituality and prayer factor into your writing process?

Prayer is huge!  I truly can’t imagine writing without chatting with God about it first.  Even writing this interview has prompted quite a few conversations between us!  From the very first inkling of inspiration to the last edit of a manuscript, I pray for his guidance and courage to keep going.  I remember when I mailed my first manuscript to Pauline Books.  I literally held the envelope up to God before I put it in the mail slot and said, “Here you go, God.  It’s yours.  Do what you want with it.”  That manuscript later became God Made Wonderful Me.

What are your favorite bible verses?

That really depends on what kind of day I’m having!  Here are a few of my all-time favorites: 

Phillipians 4:8  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”

Psalm 139: 7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there; If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

What two things can we do to help kids not only understand Scripture, but appreciate and live by God’s Word?

I think the answer to that is both remarkably simple and unendingly difficult:  We need to live by God’s Word ourselves.  Live the life that you want your children to live.  If you want your children to be patient, show them what patience looks like.   If you want joyful children, seek God to live a joyful life yourself.  One apt action on your part is worth a thousand lectures about doing the right thing.

Finally, pray and spend time reading the bible.  I can’t tell you how many times a Scripture [passage] I read in the morning turns out to be exactly the encouragement that one of my children needs to hear in the afternoon.  Make devotionals and Bible verses a part of your everyday life, not just something you read in church on Sunday and forget about the rest of the week.

What are two things adults can do with kids to encourage their understanding of God’s love for them and ways they can show God’s love to others?

1.  Show your children God’s love by loving them and others as Christ loves you.  Be quick to forgive, don’t hold a grudge, look for what’s best, and speak gently into areas of their lives that need growth.   

2. Get your children to think outside of their own little world.  Remind them that God put them into this space in time to make a difference and do good with what God has given them.  Build “Make a Difference” days into your week, challenge your kids to be on the lookout for something they can do to make someone else’s day better.  At the end of the day, swap stories and encourage their efforts.

What’s one thing God has done that has made you smile? 

God made me smile the other day when my teenage daughter thanked me for making her go to church when she was little and didn’t want to wake up early on Sunday mornings.  I have to say that in the midst of battling to get her out the door all those years, I never thought I’d hear those words!  God is so faithful!

What about humanity gives you a sense of wonder?

I absolutely marvel at how God gives each and every one of us different abilities, gifts and talents.  As I get to meet more and more people and see what God has done in their lives, I can’t help but see the fingerprints of God himself, revealing his goodness, grace, and love towards all human kind.

What’s your favorite thing to do with kids to make a cold, dreary day shine?

We like to declare cold and dreary days, “Cozy Days” in our family.  We break out the hot chocolate and marshmallows, slip on our fuzzy socks and settle in for an afternoon of baking or snuggling on the couch while watching a movie.  “Cozy Days” are so loved in our house that even a random summer storm will send us scrambling for hot cocoa and furry socks. 

 

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